Sebokeng Hospital responds to viral picture of child laying on floor

2018-05-19 15:45
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The picture of the a toddler sleeping on the floor at Sebokeng Hospital, Gauteng, has been making rounds on social media and many people were sickened by it.

"A child with a cracked skull is made to lie on the floor at a public hospital. Shame upon shame," former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor wrote on Facebook.

Her post has since been shared over 325 times and many of her Facebook friends expressed their shock and anger.

"Disgusted! Where's our Minister of Health? Still worried about smokers. Poor children," one person said.

"Parents aren't allowed nearby," another added.

However, according to the hospital, people got the wrong end of the stick.

According to the hospital's CEO Dr Zolela Ngcwabe, the two-year-old, whose name is known to YOU, was admitted in the surgical ward with a foreign body in his right nostril.

"Because the child was very restless, crying and wanted to jump out of a closed cot bed at night, the nurses on night duty on the 16th May 2018 removed the child from the cot bed and put the mattress with blankets on the floor. 

"She says this was done to prevent the child from falling from the cot bed and injuring himself.The CEO also disputes that the ward was full and that the child had no bed.

"After the child was put on the floor the child slept comfortably and was warm."

It is believed that a couple that had brought their child for admission in the same ward took a picture of the boy and posted it on Facebook.

"The child’s condition is satisfactory, ambulant and the foreign object in the nostril has since been removed on the 17th of May."

He has since been discharged home.

The hospital says they'll be in touch with the child's parents to check if they are aware about the photo that has been posted on social and will apologise for the incident.


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